Thursday March 18th 2021, 9:45 pm
Filed under: Garden

I gave it six years. Even though an earlier volunteer had produced a single fig seven feet off the ground the same season it had sprouted out of the ground: whoosh! But it was clearly going to be big and was already pushing the fence down. Out.

But this one, not a sign of fruit ever. It was a nice enough looking plant so I kept hoping, but the Black Jack I bought on pie day that year was the one has given me several hundred figs while all this one could do was sit around and look pretty.

Turns out fig trees sometimes come as male specimens.

What we got was a lesson in root swirling in pots. (It was growing in a narrower one than what I set it down in a moment to snap its photo.) Kind of a potholder weave look to them, isn’t it. (Or Marilyn Monroe trying to hold her skirts down over the grate while her hair goes flying.)

My Black Jack is starting to leaf out for the new season and over here, there’s a newly freed-up pot waiting for an apricot seedling to spend a year or two in. Max.


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Looking good is nice, but for a fruit tree not to produce fruit, well. It seems like a failure of the “you had one job” variety. Time to move on!

Comment by ccr in MA 03.19.21 @ 5:13 am

I only found out a few years ago that there are male tomato flowers so they don’t pollinate.

Comment by Sharon Stanger 03.19.21 @ 2:26 pm

So, did you curse the fig tree?

Comment by LauraN 03.19.21 @ 7:27 pm

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